We recognise that these behaviours can take many forms. They may be carried out face-to-face or through electronic media (cyber bullying); they may be subtle or overt abuses of power. We will not tolerate:
- Bullying - intimidation on a regular and persistent basis or as a one off, which serves to undermine the competence, effectiveness, confidence and integrity of the person on the receiving end;
- Cyber Bullying - bullying through electronic media, usually via social networking sites, personal web pages, emails, twitter, text messages, and all other social media whether private, personal or public;
- Discrimination – when an individual or a group of people are treated less favourably based on a characteristic such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation;
- Harassment - unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment or violating someone’s dignity;
- Hate crime - crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes can include: threatening behaviour, assault, robbery, damage to property, inciting others to commit hate crimes, harassment;
- Racism – the belief that someone is inferior because their colour, ethnicity, nationality or race, leading to discrimination;
- Sexual harassment - unwanted and/or persistent behaviour of a sexual nature (which can be verbal) which you may find offensive or which makes you feel intimidated and/or humiliated. You do not need to have previously objected to something for it to be unwanted; Victimisation - treating people less favourably because of action they have taken (or are suspected to have taken) under or in connection with legislation on bullying, harassment or discrimination – for example, if someone made a formal complaint of discrimination or gave evidence in a tribunal case. Victimisation will be treated as a form of harassment.